By Dan Snierson
Updated November 07, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST
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The face of real-life financial evil may very well be portrayed on the small screen by an Academy Award winner: Robert DeNiro. HBO confirmed today to EW that it’s developing project, which would be produced by DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal under DeNiro’s Tribeca Productions company.

DeNiro would play Madoff, the infamous money manager who embezzled billions of dollars from his clients and is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence, in a made-for TV movie written by novelist Jonathan Burnham Schwartz (Reservation Road) and based partially on the books The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust and Truth and Consequences: Life Inside The Madoff Family. (The New York Times first reported the story.)